The real jobs in IT

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Both online and offline, I’m frequently asked what it takes to get a job in IT. What skills are actually relevant ? Do certifications really matter ? Is experience important ?

As the owner of a business that provides 3rd party IT support services to clients, I do my fair share of interviews and hiring. I’ve hired everything from the entry-level technician to the advanced-expert programmer. But my business is just one in our vast industry. So, I took a look around and compiled some information on open technologist positions in my area. I won’t post the entire job ads, but here are the qualifications and skills from 3 different postings:

Essential Qualifications

Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications – specifically – how your work experiences and related duties align with the essential qualifications shown below. Ensure a month/year format is used for each work experience. Note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume.

• Degree in computer science or related discipline.
• Experience with Windows Server or Unix in a multi-site network environment.
• Experience configuring, tuning, and troubleshooting server hardware.
• Experience with some or all of the following: Exchange, IIS, Apache, SharePoint, PowerShell, SQLServer, Oracle, Active Directory, Enterprise Backup / Recovery tools, Virtualization, storage technologies, management of enterprise web portals and Tier 2 customer support.

Candidates who have education, training, and/or experience equivalent to the essential qualifications listed above will be equally considered.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability
Candidates should have and may be assessed on:

• Sound judgment with an unbiased approach to solutions and new ideas.
• Strong leadership skills with equal team player qualities.
• Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong problem solving and troubleshooting abilities.
• Self-motivated and a willingness towards continual learning.
• Focus on effectively managing projects

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Essential Qualifications

Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications – specifically – how your work experiences and related duties align with the essential qualifications shown below. Ensure a month/year format is used for each work experience. Note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume.

• Degree in computer science or related discipline.
• Experience designing, building and supporting the technology infrastructure of a large organization.
• Experience with some or all of the following: Cisco networking switch routers, Cisco wireless controllers and access points, Cisco/Tandberg video conferencing, Checkpoint management, firewalls and SSL solutions, Storage Network technologies, Active Directory, Tier 2 customer support and Virtualization technologies.

Candidates who have a diploma in computer science or computer management, or considerable training, and/or experience equivalent to the essential qualifications listed above will be equally considered.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability
Candidates should have and may be assessed on:

• Sound judgment with an unbiased approach to solutions and new ideas.
• Strong leadership skills with equal team player qualities.
• Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong problem solving and troubleshooting abilities.
• Self-motivated and a willingness towards continual learning.
• Focus on effectively managing projects.

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The Ideal Candidate will possess the following:

– Diploma of Technology in Computer Systems or University Degree in Computer Science
– Current certifications such as VCP, Cisco Certifications, Microsoft Certifications, CompTIA , A+, NetApp would be an asset
– Thorough understanding of VMWare vSphere (4.x) – required
– In depth knowledge of Microsoft Server 2008R2.
– Support ability of MS Exchange 2010 and MS SQL 2008 R2
– Support of Microsoft Active Directory and associate services.
– 5-7 years’ experience related experience, remote location
– Exceptionally strong communication skills (written, oral and listening).
– Ability to work with all levels of user understanding.
– The ability to work with limited access to the internet and other resources to identify and solve
problems is a must
– Strong understanding of vlan architecture.
– Experience planning, deploying and maintaining microwave.
– Proven experience with network maintenance (switching, routing, firewalls and wireless)
– Experience with systems security and Anti‐Virus protection setup and maintenance.
– Experience troubleshooting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

 

 

These are real world jobs that are currently out there and are accepting resumes. This should help give you an idea of what employers are looking for in their IT professionals. All 3 of these jobs are listed in the $71,000.00 to $82,000.00 annual salary range.

Whenever you look at education, certifications or experience, you need to ensure what you’re doing is going to help you actually land a job. A $60,000.00 IT degree is great, but if no employer will care about it, then it doesn’t help you actually get employed. Remember, do your homework and don’t get stuck doing something that isn’t going to help you in the real world.

Author

Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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